A message from AustCyber's CEO Michelle Price

Michelle Price

Welcome to 2021 …

We kicked off the year in style, celebrating our fourth birthday on the 1st of January!

As with any new year, planning is well underway for the key programs and initiatives that we hope to deliver over the next 12 months.

This includes AuCyberscape where you’ll be able to learn about, and connect with, over 350 Australian cyber security companies and their products and services. Keep a lookout for its launch soon.

In mid-Feb, we’ll also have some exciting news to share about the future of AustCyber … I know a good number of our friends have been curious, even worried about what is happening with Industry Growth Centres. Be assured, what we’re doing is not only cementing our future, it's going to do so much more. Stay tuned, it is BIG!

Yesterday, in partnership with the NSW Government and Standards Australia, we launched the Recommendations Report of the NSW Cyber Security Standards Harmonisation Taskforce. Our involvement with this taskforce commenced in June last year, and I encourage industry and all levels of governments across the country to review and implement the recommendations in the report. The harmonised baseline standards provide clarity and guidance for sector-specific application and adoption of cyber security standards and certification – delivering growth and a more resilient national economy.

Earlier this week, we also released the seventh episode of our monthly podcast ’OzCyber Unlocked’. This episode, titled ‘Industry-led cyber security standards – why are they important’ features the Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Prerana Mehta, Dr Jed Horner discussing the benefits of having well-developed, practical and verifiable standards; and how the NSW Government is building a robust cyber security ecosystem. You’ll also hear from Tracie Thompson of HackHunter.

Over the past six months we have received an overwhelming amount of support for our podcast, with over 3,000 downloads, so a big THANK YOU to our loyal listeners. We hope to feature more of you through this platform over the coming year!

We continue to provide support to 18 projects as part of AustCyber’s Project Fund, with most projects nearing completion over the next few months. These projects provide core infrastructure for the sustained growth of Australia’s cyber security sector.

Finally, in exciting news, we welcome Brianna Gladman as our new Canberra Node Manager and, with the launch of our QLD Nodes slated for mid-March, Miranda Mears as our inaugural Townsville Node Manager, joining Louisa Partridge in Brisbane and Mark Hamilton in the Sunshine Coast.